Kansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics presents Project LAUNCH Maternal Postpartum Depression Training October 1 and 2, 2013

Rainbows United will host The Kansas Chapter of AAP—Project LAUNCH trainings in screening for maternal depression on October 1 and 2 in Wichita.  Dr. Pam Shaw, Professor, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Vice-Chair for Education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, will present the one-hour, free trainings. 

Dr. Shaw will focus on the implementation of depression screening tools appropriate for physicians and clinical staff to use in postpartum visits to determine whether new mothers show signs of depression. Social services providers who serve pregnant women and new mothers are welcome to attend.

Screening for maternal depression is important because postpartum depression negatively impacts a mother’s ability to care for her child.  Nationally, among women who have given birth in the past year, 16 percent will experience postpartum depression that impacts their nurturing and caregiving. Project LAUNCH would like to make depression screening a ‘standard of practice’ for Kansas physicians. Dr. Shaw will explain how to implement efficient office procedures for screening and referrals, including billing procedures and codes.

Project LAUNCH offers targeted, online, and face-to-face professional development on an array of topics, including cultural competence and parental depression, to child care providers, families, medical professionals, and specialists. It also coordinates statewide efforts related to early childhood mental health. 

Rainbows’ partners in bringing this Project LAUNCH training to Wichita are The Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; the Maternal Infant Health Coalition; the Medical Society of Sedgwick County; and Child Start. Rainbows staff will be on hand to answer questions about the referral process and questions about local resources for referring new mothers for assessment and intervention. 

Please visit RainbowsUnited.org for times and locations of the sessions and contact Alexia Foster, Assistant Infant/Toddler Services Coordinator, Rainbows United, Inc., at afoster@rui.org or call (316) 945-7117 ext. 126 to register.